Jean E. Louis, shot dead by police, mentally ill, neighbors say
A man was shot by police after he attacked police officers and then barricaded himself inside an apartment in Mount Pleasant in D.C. for about two hours. The standoff placed the neighborhood under lockdown.
The man, identified as 55-year-old Jean E. Louis of Northwest D.C., had barricaded himself inside an apartment in the 1600 block of Irving Street NW after he attacked police officers. Police feared the man could have had gun. They closed down six blocks and ordered some people to hunker down inside their homes or businesses and others to keep a safe distance.
Special Operations Commander Burton said police were called to 1630 the scene about 1:30 p.m. to assist mental health workers. When MPD arrived, Louis attacked police with a sharp object, stabbing one officer in the arm.
Louis, a Haitian immigrant, then barricaded himself in a room. Police feared he had a gun, but later no gun was found in the apartment.
Police negotiated with him for about two hours, when he either fell asleep or somehow became incapacitated. When police entered the room, the suspect attacked police with sharp object.
At about 5:30 p.m., two loud bangs were heard. Commander Burton said police shot Louis in the upper body.
“I heard two shots and that was it. I saw the smoke come out the window,” said neighbor Shaun Creek.
He was taken to Howard Hospital, where he died.
Don Torres, a neighbor of Louis, said he has a history of problems. “I am just worried about my family's safety,” Torres said.
“I always kept away from him,” said another neighbor, Mundy Clearance.
During the standoff, MPD officers scrambled through the surrounding area and told people to stay in their homes and businesses and to remain in restaurants. Snipers were posted as look-outs.
possible Barricade situation - vicinity 16th St & Irving St NW - DC F&EMS Spec Ops assisting MPD
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